Marzio Deho and Jacopo Billi “pass” the Easter weekend at the Vuelta in Ibiza BTT

 

This year at the Vuelta a Ibiza BTT, among the 415 registered couples, there are also the two Olympia Marzio Deho and Jacopo Billi, the first a veteran of mountain biking and races abroad the second one is making the first important steps in the world of long distance. It was precisely the Turin who surprised everyone at the beginning of the month had won the Bardolino Bike.

In principle the 3 stages of the Vuelta a Ibiza 2018 seem to reflect the characteristics of those of the past editions. It runs on an island famous for its nightlife but with a beautiful route to be tackled by mountain bike, where you have to be very careful with the punctures.

Departure on Friday, March 30 from Ibiza, but on the island they call Eivissa, since Catalan is spoken on the Balearic Islands. In 71 km (1.700m D +) competitors will reach the west coast, crossing the finish line to Sant Antoni de Portmany.

In the evening everyone will have to return to Ibizia because always from there, the second stage will start on Saturday. Pedaling for 80.5 km they will turn in the north part of the island and then descend to Santa Eularia. Easter Sunday the lighter stage, starting from the seafront of Sant Antoni, soft tour of 53.8 km (D + 1.130mt) and return to the same location.

For Marzio Deho and Jacopo Billi it will not be easy to imitate Johnny Cattaneo and Tony Longo who finished the race in second place last year.

Sweet Easter in Val Pusteria: spring and ski slopes, egg hunt, hiking and relaxing in nature

The scents of spring inebriate the Dolomites peaks, accompanying walkers along the paths and woods that decorate the Alpine peaks. Sunny days stretch out, leaving prairies and masi at high altitude sparkling. Children can not wait to throw themselves into the big egg hunt, looking for the treasure that the bunny has hidden during the night. In the hotels of the South Tyrolean chain Falkensteiner, in Val Pusteria, Easter is a very enjoyable time for children, involved in local traditions and organized games in contact with nature, but also for adults, who can take advantage of the beautiful sunny days for discover paths, lakes, high altitude scenarios, play sports in the green or on the snow still on the ski slopes and high-altitude peaks and then relax in the outdoor pools and well-equipped wellness centers.

The beautiful Lake Anterselva nestled between the mountains, the landscape of the Vedrette di Ries-Aurina nature park, the mountain bike and electric bike tours, the ski slopes and cross-country trails, walks or snowshoe hikes through the forests. It is an “Easter to enjoy” on the 1,600 meters of altitude of the Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Alpenresidenz Anterselva, ideal hotel for romantics and sports. The 4-night offer, from 29 March to 2 April 2018, including the ¾ plus board with light buffet lunch, homemade dinners and cakes in the afternoon, plus the theme nights, includes a tasty fish menu on the evening of Good Friday , a fun prize game with egg hunt at Easter and a voucher of 25 euros to enjoy all the relaxation of the 1,000 m² Acquapura SPA wellness area (admission included in the offer), with panoramic indoor and outdoor pool, sauna area and many treatments. The price is from 212 euros per room per night.

In Valles (BZ), the Hotel & Spa Falkensteinerhof welcomes active families and people who want to get lost in nature to find a new inner balance, spending days outdoors in the hiking and skiing area of ​​Gitschberg Jochtal just a few steps from the hotel. Thanks to the 5-day “Alto Adige Balance” proposal, valid until 7 April 2018, the hotel organizes guided experiences in the natural kingdom surrounding the structure. In addition to the ¾ plus pension and all the Falkensteiner services and activities, there is an excursion to the snow-covered Altafossa Valley, a path up and down the valley on the Jochtal, from where you can walk to the Spinga cross, a workshop of aromatherapy and a 25-minute Balance massage per person. The price is from 95 euros per room per night.

The reception of a home and the comforts for adults and children of a hotel that can make the experience of guests intimate and personalized. It is the Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Sonnenparadies in Terento (BZ) where “Easter is in the family”. The bunny arrives to hide his colored eggs, but also to give children a free stay. The offer, valid for 4 nights from 29 March to 2 April 2018, includes in addition to the ¾ plus pension and all Falkensteiner services, the fish menu on Good Friday, Saturday a walk in the village with grappa tasting and Easter Sunday the egg hunt and a delicious brunch with prosecco. The price is from 276 euros per room per night, but children up to 14 years do not pay.

In the Falkensteiner hotel, a paradise for children and families, the Family Hotel Lido Ehrenburgerhof in Casteldarne (BZ) is surrounded by a beautiful lake and a wonderland for children, just a stone’s throw away from the Plan de Corones slopes. ski train passing right in front of the structure, “Easter Bunny arrives on skis”. The 4-night offer, from March 29th to April 2nd 2018, includes a fun Easter program for children: from painting Easter eggs to decorating the bouquets in the Falky-Land, up to the exciting search for the basket with eggs among the spaces designed for children in the hotel. The assistance for them is guaranteed from 9.00 to 21.00. So parents can carve out time for skiing and to explore the Val Pusteria. The price is from € 216 per room per night, including the full-board light and all Falkensteiner services.

Running-Charlotte: «My favorite destinations for spring running»

The beautiful season brings us that healthy desire to escape at weekends. So start the best season for a few weekend out of town and maybe out of Italy. Here you will find all the tips to run in five beautiful locations.

RunningCharlotte: «My favorite destinations for spring running»
Despite the rains of the last weekends, spring has arrived officially. Together with spring returns that tickling, that desire for vacation, out of town, sunny on the skin, wind in the hair.

If moreover we are runners, the opportunity to “explore” some new destination running is even more tempting.

But where to go? Which are the destinations that offer the best routes to run?

The new offers on fast and low cost flights make it close to any destination within a thousand kilometers and the offer is really wide, both in Italy and abroad.

The mild but not warm season makes the race perfect even in the south, in summer too torrid to give us a pro-running climate.

Here are the five goals for this spring runner:

Remaining in Italy can not miss the great classic: the Romagna Riviera. Between Rimini, Cesenatico and Milano Marittima the flat coastline and the wide and flat promenade make the Sunday races a fairytale. In this season tourism is still shy and allows you to experience these beautiful places with the calm of the slow tourist. An extra tip? The beaches of the Riviera, not yet invaded by deckchairs and umbrellas, are a perfect training track. Running barefoot on the sand trains joints and tendons and strengthens ankles and also.

From the north-east to the south-west, the other side of our peninsula gives us less well-known gems like the Circeo Park, in Latina. The Circeo park is one of the National parks and extends around the Sabaudia promenade. It owes its name to the famous anthological figure of the sorceress Circe, who is said to have lived in the woods of this promontory. Here you will find endless kilometers of beautiful shaded paths and sand dunes that will welcome your rides, suitable for all levels, even for a simpler outing in the family.

The Italian islands could not miss. With flights from almost all Italian airports, spring Sardinia is a rare sight. My advice is to leave the popular summer destinations and head south. Cagliari and Chia are waiting for you to take a look at the sea. If the beach of the Poetto di Cagliari can give you an easy ride to the sun in the south, the Bay of Chia will bewitch you with its white beaches.

Among the big cities, spring brings romantic thoughts and Paris is among the favorite destinations of runners. Running along the Seine leads us to fantasize and the thought jumps from powdered queens to the art of the century. From the Louvre to the Tuileries gardens, to the enchanted paths of the Bois de Boulogne, to pass under the Eiffel Tower.

Among the destinations that come back – or maybe they have never disappeared – Ibiza, which celebrates its second edition of its Marathon on April 7th – is surely the island with a thousand faces and among these also the sporting one. Beaches and paths offer incredible views and romantic sunsets. Perfect destination for those who want to mix sports and happy hour without renouncing the convenience of a direct flight from almost all Italian airports.

RunningCharlotte: «My favorite destinations for spring running»

The beautiful season brings us that healthy desire to escape at weekends. So start the best season for a few weekend out of town and maybe out of Italy. Here you will find all the tips to run in five beautiful locations.

RunningCharlotte: «My favorite destinations for spring running»
Despite the rains of the last weekends, spring has arrived officially. Together with spring returns that tickling, that desire for vacation, out of town, sunny on the skin, wind in the hair.

If moreover we are runners, the opportunity to “explore” some new destination running is even more tempting.

But where to go? Which are the destinations that offer the best routes to run?

The new offers on fast and low cost flights make it close to any destination within a thousand kilometers and the offer is really wide, both in Italy and abroad.

The mild but not warm season makes the race perfect even in the south, in summer too torrid to give us a pro-running climate.

Here are the five goals for this spring runner:

Remaining in Italy can not miss the great classic: the Romagna Riviera. Between Rimini, Cesenatico and Milano Marittima the flat coastline and the wide and flat promenade make the Sunday races a fairytale. In this season tourism is still shy and allows you to experience these beautiful places with the calm of the slow tourist. An extra tip? The beaches of the Riviera, not yet invaded by deckchairs and umbrellas, are a perfect training track. Running barefoot on the sand trains joints and tendons and strengthens ankles and also.

From the north-east to the south-west, the other side of our peninsula gives us less well-known gems like the Circeo Park, in Latina. The Circeo park is one of the National parks and extends around the Sabaudia promenade. It owes its name to the famous anthological figure of the sorceress Circe, who is said to have lived in the woods of this promontory. Here you will find endless kilometers of beautiful shaded paths and sand dunes that will welcome your rides, suitable for all levels, even for a simpler outing in the family.

The Italian islands could not miss. With flights from almost all Italian airports, spring Sardinia is a rare sight. My advice is to leave the popular summer destinations and head south. Cagliari and Chia are waiting for you to take a look at the sea. If the beach of the Poetto di Cagliari can give you an easy ride to the sun in the south, the Bay of Chia will bewitch you with its white beaches.

Among the big cities, spring brings romantic thoughts and Paris is among the favorite destinations of runners. Running along the Seine leads us to fantasize and the thought jumps from powdered queens to the art of the century. From the Louvre to the Tuileries gardens, to the enchanted paths of the Bois de Boulogne, to pass under the Eiffel Tower.

Among the destinations that come back – or maybe they have never disappeared – Ibiza, which celebrates its second edition of its Marathon on April 7th – is surely the island with a thousand faces and among these also the sporting one. Beaches and paths offer incredible views and romantic sunsets. Perfect destination for those who want to mix sports and happy hour without renouncing the convenience of a direct flight from almost all Italian airports.

Emigratis, Ibiza mission: Pio and Amedeo start from gay marriage

On Italia 1 the third season of the trips to latch the Foggian comedians, who will tour Europe, between Holland, Poland, England and Russia

The new latching trip of Pio and Amedeo starts again from Ibiza, for the third season of Emigratis, aired on Mondays on Italy 1. Find a way not only to enjoy the holiday for free, but this time to aim higher: settle for life ! This is the mission impossible of the comic duo Foggia and the idea is that extravagant and transgressive. To pretend to be gay and get married to get all the benefits. To do so, however, you need to fly to Spain. What harm will our two brazen mononeurons do in the paradise of the gay world? The trip will touch several stages and will take the two around Europe, between Holland, Poland, Russia and England. As always, we will see some beautiful …

Ibiza: 5 exclusive addresses

Although Ibiza is one of the most popular destinations in the summer, it still holds many hidden treasures. Food, cocktail bar and wellness, here are 5 exclusive addresses.
La Gaia, between South America and the country of the Rising Sun.
The Gran Hotel Ibiza’s restaurant, the island’s only 5-star hotel, focuses on the fusion of genres, combining the gourmet flavors of Japan and Peru. The signature cocktails mix with boldness the Japanese flavors (sake, litchi, wasabi, Umechu plum liqueur) with pisco sour, lime juice and the South American yerba mate.

In the kitchens, you can admire the chefs who prepare their creations behind the new bar (designed to provide a unique experience), decorated with surprising floating jellyfish wrapped in an aura of light, a work of Danish contemporary artist Katrin Kirk. The bar “Tiradito” melts the Kobe sauce, prawns and ceviche with miso. The Chilean sea bass meets sushi and nigiri, and on the advice of an expert and thoughtful staff, it alternates with a fillet of angus beef and a tasty teriaki chicken with Japanese peppers. For the dessert section, go-ahead for daring associations such as curcuma cream and meringue or beet cream, and the sweet mango-based specialty with a touch of fresh coriander.

The Rooftop
The focal point of the Melià, a beautiful hotel in Santa Eulalia part of the Leading Hotels of the World, is the Rooftop that combines haute cuisine, cocktail bar, shows, a panoramic swimming pool with comfortable Balinese beds and a breathtaking view. Appreciated by couples for its intimate atmosphere, the restaurant is one of the most famous for seafood dishes but is also a renowned cocktail bar, with the best bartenders of the Balearic archipelago. For a moment of relaxation, the location also offers a wellness break in the Skin C Spa with completely personalized treatments: in addition to body remodeling sessions, expert therapists develop a home-made mixture with three active ingredients called “My Daily” Dose”. An unprecedented complete service that makes the place one of the most sought-after hotels in Ibiza both in summer and off-season.

B London Boutique is housed in the renowned Marina Botafoch, Ibiza’s new deluxe epicenter. The store, with a minimal look, offers a wide selection of luxury beachwear brands (VIX, Melissa Odabash, Mara Hoffman or Heidi Klein). There is also a selection of jewelry and accessories, and a cosmetic corner. Esthederm, Eve Lom, Healthy Ibiza Superfood organic powders, or the sublime Aquarian Soul products, which combine the power of precious stones and crystals to the beauty world, are just a few examples.

Bambuddha, a gastronomic journey between the Mediterranean and Asia
Entirely designed by John Moon, in love with Asia and its flavors, Bambuddha has established itself over the years as a true institution in Ibiza. Located along the road to San Juan, in the northern part of the island, this restaurant, with striking light effects, is inspired by traditional Balinese architecture, with a wooden structure and a dense bamboo forest. A meeting between the East and the West that continues in the dishes, the Bambuddha puts on stage in fact a fusion kitchen “Méditerrasian”. The restaurant’s must-have is the tasting menu to share: a range of tasty tartarre, gyoza, Thai curries and salads, not to mention the exquisite lobster and the Kobe mini beef burgers. To complete the culinary experience, the exclusive Bambuddha location offers boho-chic accessories and jewelry. Here you can meet all the VIPs on the island; from international DJs to businessmen passing through the fashion system.
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Ayda Koc, a wellness expert and yoga teacher, boasts among her clients numerous personalities from the world of fashion and entertainment. Renowned on the island of Ibiza, where she organizes summer retreats every summer and an outdoor wellness pop-up store, Ayda teaches a type of yoga specifically designed by her.

Ibiza, the gem of the Mediterranean that shines not only at night

The Spanish city, a crossroads of cultures and traditions, has always been one of the most popular holiday destinations for tour operators

The cold in the last days goes crazy and only increases the desire for summer and heat. Warm and summer that, despite appearances, are always closer and then it is already time to prepare plans to organize the holidays in the coming months.

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Where to go? Among the most popular destinations, you know, there is Spain: the great cities of the Iberian Peninsula are an attraction for all seasons, but for those who want a beach, sea, heat and lots of fun, the ideal destination is not it can be Ibiza.

She is the gem of the Mediterranean, Spanish in nationality but also a crossroads of different cultures, vegetation and traditions: discovered by the Phoenicians, who founded a port in the mists of time, in the heart of the Mediterranean sea shines especially at night for its famous nightlife made of leisure, entertainment, small hours and, why not, transgressions.

There is something for all tastes in the queen city of European nightlife, favored as it is by its benevolent climate practically in every period of the year and its geographical position, which makes it one of the most popular destinations in the reservations of the best known tour operators, as Alpitour: the White Island of the Balearic Islands, as it is nicknamed, is not only movida but is also famous for its varied coasts, sometimes rocky other sandy, ideal for those who want to spend a relaxing holiday relaxing with their family, admiring the clarity of the sea.

Felipe of Spain makes 50

Charming, mysterious and very high. On 30 January the most reserved ruler of Spain extinguished 50 candles. The festivities start with a commemorative coin and 10 trivia

After the tension in Catalonia, the excitement returns in the Kingdom of Spain but for much lighter reasons: on 30 January, King Felipe VI will turn 50 and since early December the newspapers have spread the news of the arrival of a commemorative coin . In a limited edition of one million copies, it is silver, with a diameter of 33 millimeters, will have a weight of 18 grams and a value of 30 euros. In one face will host the profile of Felipe, while in the other the shield of the royal house but with a particularity: it will be in color.

And the celebrations? Everyone agrees that Felipe will opt for a simple party recalling that last year, when he was asked what was the funniest moment for his 49-year-old party, he replied: “Listen to my daughters, this morning, sing me Happy Birthday. ” But what do we really know about him? Here are some curiosities that help to sketch the portrait of one of the most fascinating, mysterious and reserved among the monarchs.

1. January 30, 1968: little Felipe is born. The father and the mother decide to call him “Fernando”, but on the day of the baptism the dictator Francisco Franco imposes a new name: Felipe Juan Pablo Alfonso de la Santísima Trinidad and de Todos los Santos de Borbón and Greece. On 19 June 2014, he ascended the throne after the abdication of his father Juan Carlos, with the explicit task of giving light back to the now worn-out image of the royal family.

2. Love speed. His first car is a rally Seat Ibiza. He was presented by his father Juan Carlos in 1986 for his eighteenth birthday.

3. With its 1.97 meters of height, in 2011 he entered the Guinness Book of Records as the tallest prince in the world.

4. He graduated in Law in 1993. He received military training at the Academy of Zaragoza, at the Naval School of Pontevedra and at the General Academy of the Air Force of San Javier. He is the first king of Spain to have a university degree.

5. Fervent fan of Atletico Madrid, a huge fan of Bruce Springsteen, a great sportsman. In 1992 he took part in the Barcelona Olympics as a member of the sailing crew in the Soling category. He ranks 6th under the proud gaze of his mother Sofia.

6. Crisis. On 17 February 2017, just three years after the beginning of his reign, brother-in-law Urdangarin was sentenced to 6 years and 3 months in prison for corruption.

7. It is addressed to Dad Juan Carlos using the formal appellation of «patrón». In an interview he confesses that he would be ready to leave journalist Letizia Ortiz, who was married on May 22, 2004, in case his father asked him to.

8. Glasses and watches are the favorite accessories. At his wedding he wears a 17 thousand euro Breitling. His favorite book is the novel El doncel de Don Enrique and doliente of the romantic author Mariano José de Larra, edition of 1850, a gift from Letizia on the day of engagement, in 2003. His favorite dish, kebab, is more popular.

9. After the independentist referendum in Catalonia and the clashes with the Guardia Civil (more than 800 injured), Felipe appears in a televised speech on unified networks. Sitting at a desk, behind a picture that depicts King Charles III – known for having prohibited the use of Catalan in Spain – in the act of holding a cane. The message is followed by 12.421.000 viewers. After detailed analysis, experts in non-verbal communication conclude that the king is terrified of public speaking.

10. Pinqui, Balù and Pushkin are the names of his dogs. Right now is Pushkin’s son occupying the royal kennel.

Ibiza against wild tourism: just Airbnb and similar platforms

With the aim of protecting seasonal workers and residents, the Municipality of Ibiza will take heavy measures against online housing rental platforms

A news that in Italy has gone unnoticed, but that could interest many travelers of our country who are planning a trip to the Balearics. The Municipality of the city of Ibiza, capital of the homonymous island, has reached the limit of patience and has decided to ban Airbnb (and other online platforms of this type) due to overcrowding of tourists that has degenerated from May to September last year. In fact more and more seasonal workers have been forced to sleep in the car because of the prices and the unavailability of housing.

The Municipality of the city of Ibiza, following the vote expressed in the first week of February, will forbid the rental of accommodation through any online platform, especially Airbnb. The goal is to stop an increasingly wild and unregulated tourism, with the hope of protecting residents and those who go to the island to work. In fact, last summer, homes or rooms for seasonal workers were besieged by occasional travelers.

So many workers have been forced to live in overcrowded apartments, paying exaggerated prices. Some even spent their nights sleeping in the car. The situation has become unsustainable and the Ibiza administration has said enough, communicating that it will bring into force a law against AirBnb and all online sites to rent housing (specific measures have not yet been disseminated).

The Balearic Tourism Act, approved in August 2017, set penalties of up to € 400,000 for platforms that rent illegal housing and up to € 40,000 for apartment owners. Salty fines, however, did not deter Airbnb’s “hosts”, who continued to put their rooms or houses online. At this point, Ibiza decided to intervene more heavily.

“We have a huge problem with these owners, since they tend to operate almost secretly and without renting the apartments in an official way. Now we have the tools to act and to punish those who act in this way: we will take this cause very seriously. The situation in Ibiza is becoming unsustainable because of digital housing platforms, “said Vincent Torres, director general of tourism in the Municipality of Ibiza, during an interview with ‘El Confidencial’.

“We can not continue to have less and less doctors, teachers or tourism operators because of illegally operating sites,” Torres said. AirBnb, through a press release, has confirmed its intention to collaborate with the Municipality to meet the needs of local and seasonal workers, but underlines that less than 5% of tourists rely on their platform to rent accommodation. In the weeks before the summer we will certainly have a clearer idea of ​​what will await travelers willing to choose the “Isla Blanca” for a holiday.

Sailing holidays: tips for the first time

Have you chosen to opt for sailing holidays this year? Here are some tips on what to wear, how to dress and what kind of boat to choose for a summer of serenity and fun.

This year have you decided for the first time to tackle sailing on a sailboat or catamaran? Good choice. There is no better way to discover hidden bays if you are not navigating. The Greek islands, the Balearics, Croatia, Sicily, Sardinia: in the Mediterranean Sea you are spoiled for choice on where to go.

The beauty of a boat holiday is that you never get bored: every day you discover a new beach or a new cove, make friends with the other guests on board and eat good food, often cooked by the skipper or a hostess or in the restaurants on the ground.

You live a holiday surrounded by the sounds of the sea and nature: an experience suitable for both families with children and couples. A group of a dozen friends can even choose to rent the whole boat for themselves and decide the itinerary together with the skipper day by day.

But let’s not forget that sailing holidays are perfect even for those who travel alone: ​​there is no better way to get acquainted if not on board a yacht, there are even some charters for singles, designed specifically for those in search of ‘twin soul.

If you are not used to the rhythms of sailing and it is the first time that you face this type of holiday, get better prepared. Here are some tips for a peaceful summer.

For a woman, before leaving for a holiday, for any holiday, the big question is: what do I put on? On a sailboat, the style is rather spartan and comfortable clothing rather than elegant clothing is preferred. Spaces are therefore better to be casual: yes, then to short-sleeved shirts, tank tops, sundresses, long pants and sweatshirts for the evening. No to shoes with heels on board, but you can keep them in your bag for evenings on the ground. If possible get yourself sail shoes with non-slip soles. Avoid plastic wooden clogs, but wear flip-flops for the shower, on board and on the beaches.

The sunscreen is to be put absolutely in a suitcase, along with a good pair of sunglasses: you are exposed to sunlight most of the time. Avoid carrying trolley or rigid suitcases, better to opt for soft luggage and bags, containing only the bare necessities (the cabinets of the cabins are often of small size). Cash pay: once on board, you will be asked to contribute to a common pot for galley, fuel and port taxes, for a figure that is usually agreed first with the skipper. Lazy home Fido: pets are not allowed on a sailing boat.

First of all, keep in mind that the skipper’s decisions are unquestionable. Usually the itinerary will be followed, but in case of bad weather, it may decide not to go out to sea: it is forbidden to alter and protest, it does so for your safety. Since the environments in the boat are restricted, and should be generally shared with people who do not know each other, it is necessary to be respectful of the spaces of others and to maintain cleanliness and decorum. If you are about to leave for a holiday on a boat, you need to have a good spirit of adaptation (remember it to your children too). It is forbidden to smoke below deck, it is allowed only outdoors, but without bothering others.

If it is your first time on a sailing boat, you probably do not have very clear ideas about which type of boat is right for you. If you are willing to adapt to limited spaces and Spartan lifestyle you will have no problem choosing a monohull. If you want to enjoy more comfort, plenty of space and are willing to spend a higher amount, you can opt for the catamaran, even luxury.

By choosing the cabin charter or individual boarding option, you can rent the double cabin (or the double for single use, usually with a supplement, if you are alone and want your privacy), or if you are a group, you can rent the whole boat, dividing the total cost of the rental among the participants.

Of course yes. Sailing holidays are also suitable for families with children. There are charters specializing in the entertainment of children, equipped with on-board equipment for water games, kayaks, snorkeling and other entertainment.